Prairie Sky Music Festival: FAQs

Where is the Festival held?
The Prairie Sky Music Festival is at Allerton Park and Retreat Center – 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello, IL 61856. The Main Stage will be in the 14-acre Meadow, and camping/RV sites will be at the Sun Singer statue. View the map here.

How do I buy tickets?
Tickets can be purchased here for $40 until 4pm on Friday, August 18. After that date/time, you can buy them at the gate for $50 (or $10 for Friday only).

Do I need to print out my ticket?
Please print out your Eventbrite ticket(s) or have them pulled up on your smartphone as you drive into the Park. Our staff and volunteers will be on the road at the 3-way stop collecting tickets (or cash/check/credit card for tickets purchased at the gate). Make sure everyone in your vehicle has a ticket, otherwise they will not be permitted to enter.

Where do I park?
Staff and volunteers will direct you to the appropriate lot. (View a map here.) The walk from the parking lots to the Meadow may be up to ~200 yards. There will be complimentary golf cart shuttles available. If you need handicapped or accessible parking, let the parking attendant know.

Is there assigned seating?
Seating is first come, first serve — bring your own chairs and blankets! Please leave any view-blocking umbrellas or chairs with built-in head coverings at home. (There will be a designated space for tailgating-type tents.)

What if it rains or storms?
This is a rain or shine event! Follow our Facebook page for announcements. Performances may be delayed, but we will do everything we can to ensure the show goes on (eventually!). In case of poor weather, we will do our best to direct you to shelter. Your best bet may be heading back to your vehicle! All tickets and camping purchases are final.

Who is playing, when?
Find the complete line-up and schedule here.

Can I bring in my own food?
There will be some great food and drink vendors on-site, and you may also bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks (No outside alcohol, please).

Do I need to bring cash?
There is no ATM on-site. Credit cards can be used to purchase tickets at the gate, for some merchandise, and all drink sales. Although many food and merchandise vendors will accept credit cards, we cannot guarantee that all will.

It might be hot! Will there be water available?
Ah, it’s all part of the experience! We will have ‘misters’ hooked up along the fence in the Meadow where you can cool off. (No showering, campers!) There will also be a filtration system where you can fill up your water bottles. (Forgot your reusable bottle? We’ll have some Klean Kanteen/Allerton co-branded ones for sale!)

Will there be other items for sale?
Besides food and drinks, there will be vendors, Prairie Sky t-shirts ($15), and some Allerton merchandise.

Can I bring my children?
Please do! All ages are welcome, and ages 12 and under are free! We try hard to facilitate and encourage a family-friendly atmosphere. In addition to dancing the day away, we will have plenty of kid-friendly activities.

I have something to sell or an activity to offer. Can I be a vendor?
Thanks for your interest! Email Hannah at dole2@illinois.edu for details!

Can I take pictures?
Yes, please do – and make sure to tag #AllertonPrairieSky! BUT, per the artists’ requests, please refrain from photographing or recording during The Jerry Douglas Band’s performance.

Where can I use the restroom?
The Visitor Center will be closed for band-use, but we will have plenty of porta-potties and hand-washing stations available in the Meadow. You can also use the indoor restrooms located in “The Regency” – the building near the road next to the Visitor Center.

Can I bring my four-legged friend?
Pets are allowed, but MUST be on a leash. If your pet is threatening or unleashed, you will be asked to leave. Please pick-up all droppings immediately and dispose of them properly. Pets are not allowed in the campground.

How are the mosquitoes?
We spray the lawns and the surrounding wood edges with an organic blend before concerts. It effectively knocks the mosquitoes down. Of course we recommend that you come prepared with bug deterrent just in case you are bothered. We will also have bug wipes for sale for $1. We have had a very dry summer and that has helped to keep our bug population down.

Will I be able to leave and re-enter the Park?
Yes, paid attendees will be allowed to come and go from the Park as they please. Two-day pass holders will have wristbands that should be worn on your wrist and visible at all times. Wristbands will be checked throughout the festival.

I only purchased a ticket for Friday, can I come back on Saturday?
Of course! Visit the Main Gate and show your current ticket, and you’ll just be charged the difference ($40) for a full Festival pass.

What overnight accommodations are available?
Festival-goers will have the rare chance to camp (tent or RV) at the Sun Singer! Friday night, rooms are also available in the Mansion (call 217-333-3287 for reservations). For a list of other area accommodations, click here.

Will you have trash and recycling available?
Of course! Please help us keep the Park clean by using these containers.

If I should lose something, where might I find it?
We’ll have a “Lost & Found” at the Info Tent near the East entrance. Allerton is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please keep valuables locked in your car.

Will I still be able to visit the Park even if I am not attending the Festival?
Sorry, folks. Allerton will be closed to the public starting at 12pm on Saturday, August 19, and the Sun Singer area will be closed from August 18 at 5pm to August 20 at 10am. Hope you can make it back one of the other 362 days that we are open!

Anything else I should be aware of?
–No drugs, smoking, fireworks, weapons, glass containers, or outside alcohol
–No open campfires or grills permitted. Small camp stoves are permitted within the campground. View campground rules here.
–No swimming in the pond.
–Line-up and schedule are subject to change.
–Keep yourself safe! Allerton Park & Retreat Center and the University of Illinois are not responsible for any injury caused by your own neglect.

Thanks for all the info, but you didn’t answer my question.
Email us at allertoninfo@illinois.edu!

For more information on the Prairie Sky Music Festival, click here.